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China's Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center (TENAA) is at it again, leaking yet another upcoming smartphone through its certification listings. This time around, we're treated to the HTC One E9sw, which for all intents and purposes seems to be a watered-down version of the already announced One E9+. HTC has been launching a lot of One-branded devices lately, and things might get confusing for prospective customers having to choose between all of them. Nevertheless, the E9sw is going to be sold in China at some point in the near future. It comes with a 5.5-inch 720p AMOLED touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 4 MP UltraPixel selfie snapper, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It's just 7.64mm thick, and it weighs 165g. It's apparently going to arrive in China in no less than seven color versions: white, black, red, orange, blue, gray, and gold. It's unclear if we'll ever see the One E9sw outside of China, or how much it will cost. It should obviously be cheaper than the aforementioned One E9+, since its specs are clearly inferior. Source (in Chinese) |...


Earlier this month we told you that Asus is working on a new ZenPad-branded line of tablets, which are due to become official at Computex Taiwan at the beginning of June. Back then we got word about at least two models marking the debut of the series, and today one of them has received the full leaked render treatment. As you can see from the images below (click the thumbnails for full size pictures), this ZenPad seems to sport dual front-facing speakers, which will hopefully be stereo. Asus ZenPad The screen's aspect ratio is 4:3, which is all the rage in the Android world these days. Even Samsung is using it now, after Google debuted the Nexus 9 with this aspect ratio last year. And of course, Apple's iPads have always employed this particular ratio. Most of the rear side of the tablet appears to be made from soft-touch plastic, but there's a faux-leather strip at the edge where the Asus ZenPad and Intel Inside logos are to be found. The power button sits below the volume rocker on the right of the ZenPad, while the 3.5mm headset jack is at the top. No new specs have leaked this time around alongside the renders, but from what was previously said about the new ZenPad line, this particular tablet seems to be the 8-inch model. This is supposed to sport 2,048x1,536 resolution, an Intel SoC (Z3560 or Z3530), 2GB of RAM, and a choice between 8, 16, 32, or 64GB of built-in storage. Joining this device should be a much lower-end 7-inch ZenPad, also powered by an Intel chipset. Source |...


Gionee has been diversifying its range in several directions for the past few months and after the super-slim Elife S7 launched a couple of months ago, the feature-packed Elife E8 is next in line. Meanwhile the company is apparently also working on a successor to the Marathon M3, dubbed simply M5. Both the Marathon M3 and the M2 before it were battery monsters, packing 5,000mAh and 4,200mAh cells respectively, but the M5 is going to take the battery to a whole different level. A new official teaser now hints at a dual battery to be found inside the upcoming M5. The smartphone will reportedly be able to work with only one of the batteries, while the other is being charged, suggesting a modular body design. Very conveniently, the M5 is pictured head on, instead of from the side, so it's impossible to get a sense of the device's thickness, or the actual implementation of the dual-battery feature With both batteries on, Gionee promises a four-day battery life out of the M5, which is marketing talk that roughly translates into comfortable two-day heavy use. That should hopefully put an end to the anxiety whether your phone will make it through the day. Source |...


The Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 are the first compact smartphones to come from the Microsoft-aquired Nokia, the company previously focusing its attention to 5+" handsets. It is only logical for Microsoft to pay proper attention to the most popular segment of...



The Meizu m1 note is still a fairly fresh device, but rumors of its successor are already heating up. The new phablet will supposedly be called "m1 note 2" instead of "m2." Anyway, the latest looks like an official promo that shows off the back of the device. The overall design of the plastic unibody seems unchanged, though notice how the Power button is now below the volume rocker. The current model puts the Power button all the way on top, not the best placement considering the m1 note is a 5.5" device. Some suggest that this is just a version of the m1 instead of a completely new device. Rumors so far promise a 5.5" 1080p screen and a pass on the rumored fingerprint sensor. It's not entirely clear what Meizu will be showing off at the alleged June 2 announcement, but the scarcity of rumors about new features lend credibility to the "only a version" theory. Source (in Chinese) |...


Yet another source has chimed in, saying that the Apple iPhone 6s will pack a 12MP camera. The info by the way of a Chinese news site quoting Japanese media and claims that the sensor will switch from the traditional RGB sensor design to RGBW. The White sub-pixel aims to improve the low-light performance of the camera. There's also a suggestion that autofocus speed will be increased without any details on how (phase detection, perhaps?). The sensor will reportedly be made by Sony. The source pours some cold water on rumors that Apple will switch to a dual-camera system, but the dual-tone flash is here to stay. Source (in Chinese) |...







In a week highlighted by the announcement of the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus duo, our traditional Top 10 trending chart sees mostly the same players at the top with a few popular models returning in the lower half of the table. The Top 10 trending phones chart is a recap list of the devices that gathered the most hits throughout the week. In other words, the chart represents the interests of the majority of you, our visitors. The Samsung Galaxy S6 continues its victorious march for yet another week, a comfortable distance ahead of the competition. In second spot, the Galaxy Grand Prime replaces the Yu Yuphoria and the Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML is in a very close third. A considerable margin behind, the Apple iPhone 6 follows in fourth, its best achievement in quite a while. We find typical strong contenders Galaxy A5 and Galaxy S5 in fifth and sixth spot, respectively. Last week's runner up Yuphoria drops all down to seventh position. The rest of this week's favorites are well known, but forgotten past entrants, divided marginally by a few hundred hits. The Lenovo A7000 returns at eight, followed closely by the Galaxy E7 and Galaxy Note 4. As usual, you can check the links below for more info on the currently trending smartphones. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 26%; text-align: center; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 74%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { margin-top: 25px; line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 .phone-name { display: inline-block; width: 252px; overflow: hidden; vertical-align: text-bottom; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } .flat-button{ text-align:center; text-decoration: none !important; font: 400 22px Oswald,Arial !important; //font-family: sans-serif; -webkit-font-smoothing: antialiased; font-size: 150%; //background: #0CADA7; padding: 20px 60px !important; display: inline-block; white-space: nowrap; -webkit-border-radius: 5px; -moz-border-radius: 5px; border-radius: 5px; margin: 10px 0; -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -ms-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -moz-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; -o-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; color: #fff !important; } .flat-button-1 { background: #0CADA7; } .flat-button-1:hover { background: #0A948F; color: #666666 !important; } .flat-button-2 { background: #FF7E47; } .flat-button-2:hover { background: #EE7440; color: #666666 !important; } .n-right .rank-info { display: inline-block; font-family: "Oswald",​Arial,​sans-serif; font-size: 18px; font-weight: 100; } .n-right .rank-info .current-rank { font-size: 23px; } .circle { background: none repeat scroll 0 0 #8fb28f; border-radius: 50%; height: 23px; width: 23px; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px 10px; } .arrow { width: 0; height: 0; border-style: solid; display: inline-block; margin: 0px 10px -1px 10px; } .arrow-up { border-width: 0 15px 25px 15px; border-color: transparent transparent #0cada7 transparent; } .arrow-down { border-width: 25px 15px 0 15px; border-color: #ff7e47 transparent transparent transparent; } Samsung Galaxy S6 RANK: 1WAS: 1 specs review Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime RANK: 2WAS: 3 specs review Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML RANK: 3WAS: 4 specs review Apple iPhone 6 RANK: 4WAS: 5 specs review Samsung Galaxy A5 RANK: 5WAS: 7 specs review Samsung Galaxy S5 RANK: 6WAS: 6 specs review YU Yuphoria RANK: 7WAS: 2 specs gallery Lenovo A7000 RANK: 8NEW IN specs...


Another busy week has gone by and once again, we attempt to sum up the most exciting news from the past seven days. It seems the season for major flagship announcement has passed, so now it's time for rumors and speculations about their successors and this week saw quite a few of these. OnePlus, creators of the legendary OnePlus One smartphone might be closer to releasing a successor than we thought. A leaked benchmark score surfaced, which might be the first glimpse at the OnePlus Two, a device that has been a constant presence in the rumor mill for some time now. Specs definitely look promising and, hopefully, the device will live up to the high expectations set forth by its budget-friendly predecessor. Moving on to Samsung, rumors hint that a few new models are already on their way to consumer markets. One is the promising Galaxy A8 - an upper mid-range offering from the all-metal series. It might feature an impressive 5.5-inch display, just slightly below the Note series and even a fingerprint sensor. There has also been talk of an Active version of the Galaxy S6. The rugged device might be a true flagship, dressed in armor, boasting the same impressive specs and even possibly throwing in a microSD card slot. Other notable rumors include an impressive, all-metal, HTC One ME9, which has already leaked in specs and even an alleged photo. Also, we got acquainted with the Sony Lavender a little better, as well as Meizu's m1 note 2. Last, but not least, what looks like a new Apple iPhone 5c with a fingerprint sensor was spotted briefly on an official website, so, we might have that to look forward to. Some new devices did get announced during the week and, by all accounts, it seems that the new bezelless look is in. The Oppo R7 Plus and the Sharp Aquos Crystal 2 are a testament to this. They were made official, along with another mid-ranger with a more traditional look - the Oppo R7. Another Sharp device also joins the group - the 5.7-inch Aquos Xx and so does the Elephone P8000. Last, but definitely not least, the Ubuntu-powered Meizu Mx4 finally hit the shelves, after an excruciatingly long wait. In other news, Android development is going steady with new factory images for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, as well as a new and highly-improved Android Wear build. Also, a Dual-SIM LG G4 might be inbound on select markets. A move which might give the company an interesting edge in sales. If you think you might have missed something from the busy week, here is a list of what you, our readers, found most interesting in the tech world. .news-item .n-left { float: left; width: 16%; text-align: center; margin-left: -13px; } .news-item .n-right { float: left; width: 84%; } .news-item a { padding-bottom: 0; padding-left: 0; } .news-item .n-right h2, .reviews-item .n-right h2 { clear: both; padding: 0 0 3px 0px; font: 400 19px Oswald, Arial; margin-top: -4px; } .n-right p { line-height: 155%; } .news-item { padding-top: 20px; padding-bottom: 10px; border-top: 1px solid #ccc; } .news-item p { margin-left: 0; } .n-right h2 a { text-decoration: none; color: #000; } OnePlus 2 apparently got benchmarked today The upcoming successor to the OnePlus One from last year may have been put through its first test. Oppo R7 and R7 Plus officially announced Both come with Lollipop and octa-core CPU, the Plus adds fingerprint sensor and edge-to-edge display. Sharp unveils Aquos Crystal 2 with a bigger, bezel-less display The new model also has basic waterproofing, mobile wallet support and more storage. Sony Lavender specs revealed, larger than the Xperia C4 Mediatek MT6752 with an octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM inside, dual 13MP cameras on board. Samsung to release another Edge model before the next Note Edge? The increased production capacity for edge displays could result in expansion of the smartphone range. Sony Xperia Z lineup finally gets Android Lollipop Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZR are now getting Android Lollipop OTA, Xperia ZR and Tablet Z to follow suit. Samsung Galaxy S6 sales reach 10M, run behind...



The Chinese startup Xiaomi launched the Mi 4i as an affordable iteration of the Mi 4, a month ago in India. Following that the phone went on the usual flash sales at Flipkart for INR 12,999 ($205). To purchase the Mi 4i, you had to register at Flipkart and have quick reflexes and a lot of luch. Now, Xiaomi-Flipkart team has announced an open sale of Mi 4i on May 25 and 26 through the dedicated page on Flipkart. A couple of days ago, Xiaomi released an 804MB update that packed thermal control algorithms to address the handset's heating issues. Though Xiaomi showed few color options at the launch, the Mi 4i is still only available in white....




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